The Meatball Shop - Upper East Side

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55 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

The Meatball Shop serves the best meatballs in the world with a mix and match menu utilizing sustainable and natural ingredients whenever possible. But The Meatball Shop serves way more than just meatballs! Highlights from their hit menu include seasonal veggies, market driven salads, sandwiches, handmade ice cream sandwiches, craft cocktails and an approachable wine program.

The vibe of this UES restaurant is always fun, upbeat and lively! Perfect for a night on the town or a family dinner with kids. Think the best dinner party you've ever been to with the comforting feeling of being at Grandma's.

With drinks and desserts a-plenty, The Meatball Shop makes the perfect casual stop for digging in to a hearty meal or a healthy bite, refreshing drink and mouthwatering dessert with family and friends.

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vipRuthD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Went with my kids (5 and 2) and they accommodated perfectly and the kids loved the food! Dessert was good too, my husband wants to come back.

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ChristineP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcoming, fun, helpful staff, fun atmosphere, varied menu, great cocktails.

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vipwonid
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The place is deafeningly loud at dinnertime and makes you want to be anywhere else but there. The food has gone downhill--the tomato sauce in particular was quite sour. Finally, I find that they nickel and dime you (charging $4 for a kid's side of pasta which is a tiny tiny amount of food and charging you for grated parmesan cheese if you ask for it).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Very crowded. No personal space. Good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Capodanno, cibo ottimo e pasta al dente come in Itali

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only downside to the whole dining experience was getting the bill while we were still having dessert. I think the wait staff should always wait until the bill is requested by diners.

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vipDeniseD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and delicious fare! The kale salad was exceptional and the bowls were delicious - and huge!!

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MIRIAMM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good! The one thing that bother me a little, it is the tables are really small and tight.

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LynnSmallBites
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Simple uncomplicated spot for a simple meal. The meatballs and accompanying sauces were well seasoned and specialty drinks were good. Service was quick and friendly.

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JenniferY
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a quiet Tuesday night. The waitress was so friendly and helpful with questions! The food was delicious! We will definitely return in the future.

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vipzm1031
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing.

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vipDMichael
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We've been to the Meatball Shop many times before and this was our first really bad experience. There was a quality control issue with my son's food but we decided to stay anyway. We were surprised that all the manager did was refund $5 of my son's dinner. It will be a while before we go back, if at all. Unfortunately, it's a favorite of our son's. We'll have to try other places in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meatballs and service were great. I’d definitely stop in again if I happen to be in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great! We ordered the mozzarella ball appetizer and crab ball appetizer to start. The fool-aid was delicious! We were all happy with our meals.

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SuzanneTS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New mom met friends with stroller. Going at 5 before the dinner crowd provided for a delicious easy dinner. Staff was so friendly and accommodating with my giant stroller!

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Meghan
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with how delicious everything was. I had the Smash with pizza balls and it was amazing. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Meatballs are average at best. Food average.

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vipFrankR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

a few dolllars short of 200 for 6 people to have average meatballs over preboiled spaghetti. a dollar extra for a small portion of grated cheese for the pasta, preposterous, not that it's a dollar but that there's even an idea to charge for something so customary. my second time, second store, can't recommend

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Mike
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went to the meatball shop to celebrate my birthday with a bunch of friends. What made the experience so good was that a friend of mine informed the staff that it was my birthday. Apparently the Meatball Shop does not sing to patrons for birthdays but one young lady volunteered, stating that she would be explosive and ridiculous. It was a great experience, and she wished me a happy 15th birthday. I am 30. This place is awesome and staff go above and beyond!

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Jessz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Everything was good except the meatballs were a bit too salty.

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vipburkesbites
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The whole vibe of meatball shop has changed, which i am ok with! although i miss the marker and laminated menus, the food is still overall good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu! It’s even vegetarian- friendly despite the restaurant name. Tables are a bit cramped together but service was good and the place was not too loud which we appreciated.

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Magnumbull
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service is excellent. Meatballs are good but not amazing. I would expect more since it's their specialty but overall I am pleased and will return soon to try different varieties.

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AnaG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, service, and pleasant atmosphere. Recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My friend order quinoa and it was served to her frozen

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vipDMichael
New York Area
4 reviews